JP December 27, 2007
NA October 21, 2008
EU October 24, 2008
Star Ocean: First Departure is an enhanced remake of the original Star Ocean. The first details of the game were revealed at the "Star Ocean Special Stage" during the Square Enix Party 2007, alongside those of Star Ocean: Second Evolution. Yoshinori Yamagishi, producer of the series, stated that he wants the remakes to feel as though they're completely new games. The game was released in Japan on December 27, 2007, and will be released in North America and Europe on October 21, 2008 and October 24, 2008 respectively; making it the first time the original Star Ocean will see an official release outside of Japan.
First Departure features an entire overhaul of the original game's engine, instead using a slightly altered version of the engine used for Star Ocean: The Second Story with similar features, including prerendered backgrounds and 3D battle fields. Production I.G provided new artwork and animated cutscenes for the game. New playable characters have been added as well. There are new voice actors and extensive amounts of new, fully voiced dialogue. The remake also features a theme song, "Heart" by the Japanese group Asunaro.
I am pleased that this is coming out; I played the original on the SNES for a few minutes years ago and I liked it. Now I can actually complete it, since it's coming out on the PSP (I usually complete games on a handheld console more than a home console).
Is anyone else going to get this game as well?